Tag: wine

8 foods that are no good for your digestion

 TAGS:undefinedIf you suffer from digestive problems you should avoid some foods that can make gases and cramps even worse. If you select your food wells, you can notably improve your digestion. What foods should you avoid

  1. Fats and fried food: We all like fried food once in a while. The problem arises if we want to eat it frequently and night time. “The stomach can’t  cope with that large amount of fat at a time, so it slows down”, says Dr. Anton Emmanuel, director at the Charity Core Center. It can cause heartburn, acid reflux and nausea.
  2. Spicy food: If you are not used to eating very spicy food it is very likely that it causes you stomach pain. A dairy product can help to calm down the nausea after having a spicy meal.
  3. Cheese and milk: If you feel stomach cramps or swelling after consuming these foods you might me suffering from lactose intolerance. Lactose intolerance occurs when people do not produce enough digestive enzymes to break down the sugar which is found in milk, called lactose. If you are intolerant to lactose, you can take other products with calcium like eggs, meat and fish.
  4. Fruit: Citrus fruits can cause heartburn, especially if taken on an empty stomach.
  5. Processed food: Processed food contains various chemical ingredients and high amounts of sugar and salt. They can cause stomach pain, diarrhea and mood swings.
  6. Coffee: Coffee stimulates the production of stomach acid. If consumed excessively it can cause inflammation, heartburn and stomach cramps. It is best to consume it together with other food.
  7. Gum: Some gum brands contain sweetener called sorbitol which can cause bloating and diarrhea.
  8. Ketchup: this sauce contains wheat and can therefore be difficult to digest.

We for our part, recommend a balanced diet, do some exercise and drink a little bit of wine every day, which is always good for both health and for joy ūüôā

 TAGS:Cune Crianza 2012Cune Crianza 2012

Cune Crianza 2012: Cune Crianza 2012 is the evolution of “Tercer A√Īo”, the first to be produced in Haro. Its vinification followed the ste ‘Claret’-style of the M√©doc in Bordeaux

 

 

 TAGS:Corimbo 2012Corimbo 2012

Corimbo 2012: a red wine from Ribera del Duero DO of Bodegas La Horra cellar made with tempranillo of 2012 and 14,5¬ļ of alcohol. 

 

 

*Picture: Jim Bickett (flickr)

More wine and… better sex life

 TAGS:undefinedLet’s begin the new year with some good news: Drinking wine has, apart from several other benefits for health, a possible positive effect on women’s sex life.

This is the result of a study by Ricardo Bartoletti and Nicola Mondaini, two doctors from the University of Florence. Following their investigation there is a causal relationship between the moderate and regular consumption of wine and a better sexual health of women.

The study shows that drinking wine with moderation, about 1 to 2 glasses daily, makes women relax and loose inhibitions.

The study was carried out between approximately 1.000 Italian women between 18 and 50 years of age. In the group, there were as many non-drinking women as women drinking wine moderately on a regular basis.

The objective of the research was to measure the rate of female sexual function (a measure used in other scientific studies to investigate femal sexuality including issues such as sex life, desire, interest in sex, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction in relationships or pain while having sex). As a result, the doctors found out that the group of women drinking 1 or 2 glasses a day, had a better index of sexual desire compared to the non-drinking women of the group.

From these results the doctors concluded that “there is a potential relation between the consumption of wine and a better sexuality“. Their hypothesis states that the chemical components of wine might stimulate the circulation towards the erogenous zones of the body and in this way increase the sexual stimulation.

Mondaini pointed out that red wine “makes women feel more relaxed and their body react better to sexual incentives” and he suggests that the Mediterranean diet, that includes a little wine, can help to improve health and sex life.

 TAGS:Psi 2013Psi 2013

Psi 2013: a red wine from Ribera del Duero DO based on the best of tinta fina and garnacha from 2013 and has a volume of alcohol of 13.5¬ļ.

 

 

 TAGS:Flor de Pingus 2005Flor de Pingus 2005

Flor de Pingus 2005: a red wine with Ribera del Duero DO based on tempranillo of 2005 and with 14¬ļ of alcohol content. 

 

 

The sky above English gastronomy is full of Michelin stars

 TAGS:undefinedThe publication of the new Michelin Guide for Great Britain and Ireland is always a highlight for fans of gastronomy, famous chefs and the best restaurants. London is one of the best rated cities world wide for culinary art and year after year is awarded various Michelin stars.

Of the 17 new entries in the Michelin Guide for London 2016, there are 15 restaurants awarded 1 star and 2 new restaurants awarded 2 stars: The Japanese restaurants Araki and Umu both gained 2 stars.

The sushi restaurant Araki, which opened its doors in Mayfair last summer, asks £ 300 per person for its omakase menu. It is supervised by chef Mitsuhiro Araki, who closed a three-Michelin starred restaurant in Tokyo in 2013 to open this one in London.

“It is a big compliment to London, that Sushi master Mitsuhiro Araki closed his three-starred restaurant in Tokyo to go to the United Kingdom and challenge himself in a different culture”, says Rebecca Burr, editor of the Michelin Guide.

Umu is a very different kind of Japanese restaurant. Its chef Yoshinor Ishii has constantly improved his cooking and brought it to a completely new level.”

Four more London restaurants were awarded one star, one of them is the modern British restaurant Lyle’s of James Lowe in Shoreditch, furthermore, Bonhams in Mayfair, The Portland in Regent Park and the restaurant of the Goring hotel in Victoria.

Among the one-star-winning restaurants outside London there are the Carters of Moseley in the West Midlands, the Gravetye Manor in West Sussex, The Man Behind the Curtain in West Yorkshire, John’s House in Leicestershire, Woodpeen in West Berkshire and the House of Tides in Tyne and Wear.

In Scotland The Cellar in Anstruther gained 1 star, just as Eipic and OX in Belfast, The Greenhouse in Dublin and Loam in Galway. 13 restaurants lost their outstanding Michelin-star qualification, among them Gordon Ramsay’s Maze in Mayfair, formerly led by  Jason Atherton, and the Indian restaurant Rasoi in Chelsea.

Be it as it may, London’s cooking is on top of the world and the city’s best restaurants have thrown their hats in the ring for the title of the World’s Best Restaurant, at the moment hold by the great El Celler de Can Roca.

 TAGS:Coto de Imaz Reserva 2010Coto de Imaz Reserva 2010

Coto de Imaz Reserva 2010: a red wine from the Rioja DO with a blend based on tempranillo of 2010 and has a volume of alcohol of 13.5¬ļ.

 

 

 TAGS:Castle Of Dracula Marsecco Red Delle Venezie Vino Frizzante SemiseccoCastle Of Dracula Marsecco Red Delle Venezie Vino Frizzante Semisecco

Castle Of Dracula Marsecco Red Delle Venezie Vino Frizzante Semisecco: a sparkling wine from the Veneto DO and with an alcohol content of 10.5¬ļ. 

 

 

Are you aware of the benefits of wine on health? Discover them now!

 TAGS:undefinedDrinking wine is an undisputable joy. The better if it comes with a great number of advantages for our health. Do you want to know which ones?

Among others, wine improves the memory, helps prevent the apparition of cataracts as well as improve our cardiovascular system and even diminishes tooth decay.

 TAGS:undefined

But why does wine bring so many advantages for your health? One of the keys lies in the resveratrol, a vegetal component (polyphenols), which is found in red grapes’ skins as well as seeds and contains multiple benefits for your organism. Containing more of this component, red wine delivers far more benefits than white wine.

 TAGS:undefined

Well, now you know, if you maintain a balanced diet, exercise regularly and drink one of two glasses of red wine per day as per the World Health Organization, your body will benefit from the numerous advantages of wine. Would you like to discover all of them? See our infographic!

 

5 places in Italy for food lovers

 TAGS:undefinedThere a special places you don’t want to miss knowing if you are a fan of good food and you like traveling Italy. Today we present you 5 locations to give you an idea.

1) Romagna

Being surrounded by impressive woods, they stand out for their hospitality for about two decades now: Giovanni and Cristina welcome travelers with breakfast, homemade cakes, pies and jams made from organic fruit of their own orchard. Furthermore, their subtly sweet licors, Parma sausages, zucchini filled pasta, amaretti cookies among others. The hosts are always ready to suggest hidden, unknown places to have dinner. During mushroom season, Giovanni offers field trips to visitors from around the world.

2) Agriturismo Corte d’Aibo, Emilia-Romagna

Autumn in Emilia-Romagna means wine, truffles, mushroomes, and chestnuts. The Agroturismo Corte d’Aibo is an organic farm and vineyard, located 25 kilometers west of Bologna, in the hills of the Apennines. The vineyard produces 6 red wines and 6 white wines, made from grapes of its own backyard. The recommendation is to take a bottle of Pignoletto with lunch and a tour of the winery. The menu includes specialties like tagliatelle with ragout and risotto with truffles and Parmigiano-Reggiano such as local dishes.

3) Masseria Il Frantoio, Puglia

Before lunch and dinner, Armando Balestrazzi gives a tour around Masseria Il Frantoio, close to Ostuni. They own 4.000 olive trees – many of them planted by the ancient Romans -, a citrus orchard from the 17th century, and a Moorish style garden. Armando and his wife Rosalba bought this 500-year-old property 15 years ago and turned it into a restaurant and a hotel with 19 rooms. Rosalba takes care of the cooking, and her 8 courses lunch paired ip with wines from Puglia and different olive oils is a real challenge. One of her typical meals could consist of: pizzelle (discs of fried pasta similar to Indian puris) with fresh tomato sauce, zucchini and shrimp fritters, green beans, baked goat cheese with saffron and pear jam, homemade pasta laganelle with zucchini and carrots, roast lamb with potatoes, garden salad with fresh almonds and rose petals, and lemon pie.

4) Le Campestre, Campania

After living in Belgium for decades, the Lombardi family returned to Italy to build up organic Agroturism. Le Campestre is a farm with rooms and a restaurant, a property located in the region of Campania Alto Casertano, that is famous for its olive oil, the buffalo, goat chees and its rustic breads. Meals are served on a terrace overlooking the nearby valley and mountainsides. The guests stay in simple rooms and participate in the daily tasks of the farm, such as the olive harvest. They also offer vooking classes.

5) Bio Agriturismo Valle Scannese, Abruzzo

Gregorio Rotolo is famous for his cheese: round blocks of pecorino, flat ashlers of aromatic stracchino and tender ricotta, each of them with a distinctive green and silver label. Gregorio and his family hava a biodynamic farm, more that 1.500 sheep and agroturism. The location is excellent, on the edge of the Abruzzo National Park, it is run by the family itself and has 17 cozy and comfortable rooms, and the food is wonderful.

 TAGS:Quota 29 Primitivo 2012Quota 29 Primitivo 2012

Quota 29 Primitivo 2012: a red wine with Salento DO with the best bunches of 2012 primitivo and 14¬ļ of volume of alcohol. 

 

 

 TAGS:Cantine San Marzano Primitivo di Manduria Sessantanni I Giganti 2012Cantine San Marzano Primitivo di Manduria Sessantanni I Giganti 2012

Cantine San Marzano Primitivo di Manduria Sessantanni I Giganti 2012:  red wine from Puglia DO with primitivo of 2012 and 14.5¬ļ of alcohol. 

 

 

Some songs about wine

 TAGS:undefined

Wine is closely linked to bar or restaurant songs. Although wine has now refined, once it was connected with visits to wine bars where sipping wine in small glasses. Here were sung countless songs that have become totally traditional. Here are some of them:

Bottle of Red Wine by Eric Clapton. A familiar song by Eric Clapton extolling red wine over many other drinks.

Blood Red Wine by the Rolling Stones. One of the songs of the legendary band. As always, powerful rock is the protagonist of the track.

Red Red Wine, by UB 40 and Neil Diamond. A song that became very popular during the 80s and 90s, but its origin is previous, by Neil Diamond. A perfect song to dance, which was a milestone in the clubs.

 

 

Champagne Supernova by Oasis. A documentary about champagne inspired Noel Gallagher to name this song after the most glamourous drink in th world. “Some day you will find me caught beneath the landslide. In a champagne supernova – A champagne supernova in the sky”.

Ironic by Alanis Morrisette. One of the most famous hits on 1996 included a Chardonnay mention in the lyrics. “It’s a black fly in your ChardonnayIt’s a death row pardon two minutes too late. And isn’t it ironic… don’t you think”.

And what about you? Do you have any favourite song about wine?

 TAGS:Wines That Rock Rolling Stones Forty Licks Merlot 2012Wines That Rock Rolling Stones Forty Licks Merlot 2012

Wines That Rock Rolling Stones Forty Licks Merlot 2012

 

 

The best drinks for the reception at a business event

 TAGS:undefined

A new year starts and, with it, corporate meetings, fair events, presentations and others social meetings where organizations will be represented. When the time comes to organize such events, the drinks offered are fundamental, as well as the catering, which should be available to everyone and should suit different tastes.

To accompany appetizers, most of them light, small and both hot and cold, a good idea is to start with champagne cocktails. They usually are served in glasses in the moment of making a first contact with everyone at the time of stopping to eat these delicacies.

Depending on the time that the appetizer is served, it is also important to have juices (two different natural juices will be enough) and some soft drinks, since some people may be very thirsty after the business event held.

After the glass of champagne cocktail, the tables should have white wine and red wine. Such wines are recommended to be low in alcohol, but high in quality, and from designations of origin related to the place where the event is held or from where the company comes. It is always better to serve local wines, as the attendants, some of them surely wine connoisseurs, may taste the specialities of each place.

Along with wines, beers must also excel in case someone does not want or can drink wine, being a much more refreshing drink. It is also advisable to serve local beer or even better, to give a different touch, craft beer.

Vermouth is also appreciated in such events. White vermouth is more elegant and low in alcohol. In other parties often they serve cocktails at the entrance of the reception, which can be alcohol free, something refreshing that leaves a good taste to get into the meal or to get back to business events ahead. While giving an original cocktail with a dash of alcohol is always pleasant for the attendants.

In many corporate events, depending on the type of organization and action, it is best to have the classics in terms of drinks: a prestigious champagne, the most consumed local beer, a wine of a known designation or a cocktail with familiar flavours.

 TAGS:Mumm Cordon Rouge JeroboamMumm Cordon Rouge Jeroboam

Mumm Cordon Rouge Jeroboam: is a sparkling wine with DO Champagne from the G.H. Mumm cellar.

 

 

 TAGS:Mo√ęt & Chandon Ice Imp√©rialMo√ęt & Chandon Ice Imp√©rial

Mo√ęt & Chandon Ice Imp√©rial: a sparkling wine from the Champagne French region.

 

 

Wineries and wines from Penedès

 TAGS:undefined

The Penedès wine region is probably one of the most characteristic and recognized of Catalunya, especially as the main place of production of cava, Catalan sparkling wine par excellence.

But in this Designation of Origin we can find more than cava, since in its over 27,000 hectares of vineyards there are produced grapes intended for the elaboration of white, rosé and, in a lesser extent, red wines. The extension of vineyards of Penedès includes 47 municipalities in the province of Barcelona and 16 in the province of Tarragona, with its headquarters located in Vilafranca del Penedès, and is remarkable for its great variety of microclimates, which makes this grape production to present countless distinctive features, depending on the environment.

The cultivated varieties include the more international Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, but we can also find more specific grapes of the Iberian Peninsula, as Cari√Īena, Tempranillo and Garnacha Tinta, and some local (Monastrell, Sams√≥, Xarel¬∑lo and Macabeu).

Among the most prominent cellars in the region, we can find firms as recognized as Agusti Torelló i Mata, Blancher, Caves Hill, Gramona, Jaume Serra, Juvé y Camps, Pinord, Raventós i Blanc, René Barbier, Sumarroca, in addition to many small producers which, however, are able to offer real jewels thanks to a know-how that comes from their experience of generations of grape growers and oenologists.

Internationally acclaimed wines

If we look at the results of the last Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, one of the most prestigious awards in the international world of wine, among its winners we find several references from the DO Pened√®s, like Cosset√†nia Tinto Reserva 2009 (Bodega Castell d’Or), Gran Clot dels Oms Negre 2011 and Xarel¬∑lo 2013 (Bodegues Ca N’Estella), Parat√≥ Passi√≥ 2006 (Parat√≥) and Vino Pata Negra 2014 (Jaume Serra – J. Garc√≠a Carri√≥n).

A small sample of what the tradition of the Penedès wine can get and that we recommend you try if you have not already done so.

 TAGS:Iohannes Reserva 2006Iohannes Reserva 2006

Iohannes Reserva 2006: a red wine with Penedes DO from Juv√© y Camps cellar

 

 

 TAGS:Rocaplana 2013Rocaplana 2013

Rocaplana 2013: a red wine from Penedes DO of Oriol Rossell cellar is made with syrah 

 

 

Tips for choosing a wine cellar

 TAGS:undefined

Before you choose and install a wine cellar appliance at home or in the cellar or at a restaurant, you need to clear some parameters, many of which are related to temperature, but also with other aspects to be taken into account.

System type

Some more sophisticated wine cellars take into account the type of system, being the thermoelectric the ones that contribute the biggest advantages to wine conservation. For example, it does not produces vibrations nor noise that can damage the wine, as well as being environmentally friendly. Although it is recommended for internal use at home and not for professionals.

Size

This feature is essential when choosing a wine cellar, since we must think of the available space we have and how many wines we will store in it, in order to get the right size to avoid wasting space and money.

Where we will place it

The wine cellar can not be anywhere. It is better to place it in the coolest places at home, with no direct sunlight. The temperature of the place in which we will place it is also important, and it is recommended not to leave it near other appliances that we usually have at home.

Energy consumption

There is another factor to consider when we have to buy a wine cellar. Although they usually do not have a high energy consumption, it is always better to spend less, and buy them with an ‚ÄúA‚ÄĚ certification.

Temperature

It is essential, but all wine cellars are prepared to preserve and maintain wine at its proper temperature, with modern and automatic systems that make us easier to leave wine do its course and be savoured instantly, from the wine cellar to your palate.

 TAGS:Wine Cellar 10SWine Cellar 10S

Wine Cellar 10S

 

 

 TAGS:Wine cellar 8 bottlesWine cellar 8 bottles

Wine cellar 8 bottles

Food markets in Madrid

 TAGS:undefined

Madrid stands out by its gastronomy in the form of food markets, some of them of great tradition and some new. In fact, in the city there are many markets, and it is difficult to choose those who deserve to be highlighted.

San Anton market is one of them, located in the square that bears its name, Anton Mart√≠n, in Chueca. It had some renovations and is noted for the many activities taking place in it. Cultural projections join gastronomy and the purchase of various products such as wine of several Designations of Origin. In total, it hosts 26 different market stalls.

In the district of Salamanca, the Platea market will delight the lovers of the freshest food. This former cinema is today a gastronomic project that sets tongues wagging because in it we can find 20 different stalls to buy, renowned restaurants to make a stop and taste the best dishes from the most famous chefs. There are stars such as Roncero, Freixa or Solla that have a presence in its restaurants.

The organic market Huerto Lucas is an innovation. Located in Chueca, there is food, wine, cosmetics and much more, everything always 100% organic. And it has several workshops and activities. It is fashionable, along with growing taste for everything ‚Äúgreen‚ÄĚ, so it also houses tapas bars and restaurants.

The San Fernando market hosts multiple options. On the one hand there are many food stalls, such as those concerning celiac people, while there are also shows and even emblematic shops, including a famous book store selling by weight. The Barceló market, which has 7,150 square meters on four levels and has opened recently after continuous renovations. Food is the star, with traditional stalls but also modern and alternative specialized craft shops.

 TAGS:El Rincón 2010El Rincón 2010

El Rinc√≥n 2010: is a red wine with DO Madrid from the Pagos de Familia de Marqu√©s de Gri√Ī√≥n cellar based on the top of garnacha tinta and syrah from 2010 vintage and with an alcohol content of 14¬ļ.

 

 

 TAGS:La Bruja Averia 2014La Bruja Averia 2014

La Bruja Averia 2014: a red wine with Madrid DO made with garnacha of 2014 and has an alcohol content of 14¬ļ. L